Missouri lawmakers pass abortion ban at 8 weeks of pregnancy, and GOP Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign it. The Missouri legislation comes after Alabama’s governor signed a bill Wednesday making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases. Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have approved bans on abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur in about the sixth week of pregnancy. Source 4p.
Planned Parenthood of St. Louis remains Missouri's sole abortion provider as judge issues temporary stay. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer ruled in favor of Planned Parenthood Friday, just hours before the clinic's license to perform abortions was set to expire. He issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the license to lapse. Source 2q.